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Operation Day, Night Hawk continues deterrence


Officials advise that Operations DayHawk and NightHawk will continue in order to uphold a drug-free culture at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

“It’s important to maintain good order and discipline among Schriever Airmen and ensure all personnel are complying with military regulations,” said Capt. Robert Fuller, 50th Space Wing Judge Advocate’s Office Chief of General Law. “This (testing) is a measure that base leadership employs to ensure compliance and mission readiness.”

Violators of the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s drug use policy may face severe punishments, which could result in ending Air Force careers.

 “(Drug violations) will almost always end your career and has the potential to hurt chances of future employment, especially if the individual receives a bad conduct discharge as a result of a court-martial,” said Fuller.

According to Air Force Instruction 44-121, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program, the Air Force “does not tolerate the illegal or improper use of drugs by Air Force personnel,” and use can result in “criminal prosecution resulting in a punitive discharge or administrative actions, including separation or discharge under other than honorable conditions.”


Edward Roski, 50th Space Wing Drug Tester, agrees drug use and the military do not mix. Roski, who is at the forefront of Schriever’s drug prevention effort, tests individuals throughout the base for these violations. Roski makes it clear the drug testing office operates primarily as a tool for deterrence, not prosecution.


“The operations make a big difference,” said Roski. “It reinforces people to not doing drugs. You never know when we are going to do one.”


Operation DayHawk and NightHawk is just one component of the drug testing office’s work, which also conducts briefings during RightStart and the First Term Airmen Center classes as well as hands out anti-drug use pamphlets on a regular basis. Their work is part of the long held Department of Defense-wide effort to stamp-out drug use at the source and promote prevention of drug use for all military personnel.


For more information on Operation DayHawk and NightHawk contact the drug testing office at 567-5068.


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